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NVFF17: Variety’s 10-to-Taste

By | November 5th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

During Variety's 10 to Taste ten uniquely talented chefs will showcase their fresh spin on dishes inspired by iconic film scenes. Invited participants include Bay Area chefs who are focused on presenting pop-up style experiences, [...]

Meet the NVFF17 Artists-in-Residence Faculty

By | November 4th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We are pleased to announce the Napa Valley Film Festival’s esteemed Faculty for 2017. This group of industry professionals include a wide-range of talents and experience, from Oscar winners to ground-breaking screenwriters and producers.  [...]

Charles Krug Winery: The 4th Generation

By | November 3rd, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Charles Krug Winery, the oldest and most iconic winery in the Napa Valley, is entering its fourth generation of Mondavi leadership. Or, as Angelina Mondavi puts it, “Between my grandfather, Peter Sr., and great uncle Robert, we [...]

Raymond Vineyards: The Original Napa Valley Trailblazer

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Raymond Vineyards was one of the original trailblazers of the Napa Valley, and that entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit that the winery was founded on lives on today under the vision of Jean Charles Boisset. Raymond’s [...]

Michael Stuhlbarg — The Transformative Character Actor

By | October 29th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Michael Stuhlbarg, receiving the NVFF17 Charles Krug Spotlight Tribute, is quite the chameleonic actor. So much so, that the Los Angeles Times wrote an article in 2015 titled “Michael Stuhlbarg might be the most [...]

Michael Shannon: The Trailblazer of his Generation

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Two-Oscar nominations, a Tony win, 60 movies, 40 plays, and 5 seasons of a critically acclaimed TV series — Michael Shannon is the definition of a trailblazer. Because of this, we are pleased to [...]

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3010, 2017

Raymond Vineyards: The Original Napa Valley Trailblazer

By | October 30th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Raymond Vineyards was one of the original trailblazers of the Napa Valley, and that entrepreneurial, pioneering spirit that the winery was founded on lives on today under the vision of Jean Charles Boisset. Raymond’s history starts as just like most American success stories start — with an immigrant who has a dream of coming to America and fulfilling their own vision. Roy Raymond Sr. came to America with his family as a German immigrant in the 1930s. He got his start with Beringer, learning the business of wine growing, making and selling. However, in the 1930s, this was a long ways away from when California began to be seen as competent and equal rival to Burgundy, France. After working for Beringer from 1933 to 1970, Roy Sr. told himself “I don’t want to work for a corporation, I want to have my own winery.” This led him to purchase the current property where Raymond Vineyards stands today. Yet at the time, it was nothing but land for fruit trees, with the Judgment at Paris of 1976 — the event that launched Napa wine to the elite level — was still a few years off. With dedication, perseverance, and yes, [...]

2910, 2017

Michael Stuhlbarg — The Transformative Character Actor

By | October 29th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Michael Stuhlbarg, receiving the NVFF17 Charles Krug Spotlight Tribute, is quite the chameleonic actor. So much so, that the Los Angeles Times wrote an article in 2015 titled “Michael Stuhlbarg might be the most popular actor you don't recognize,” in which they praised his ability to perfectly morph into any character he is tasked with portraying. Graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School in Drama, Stuhlbarg got his start in theater, making his first major impact in playwright-turned-director Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman. The play was a major success, in large part to Stuhlbarg’s performance as Michal, an unreliable narrator with a constantly shifting character arc. "Is he good, is he bad?  What are his motivations," the audience would likely be asking throughout the play whenever Michal (as played by Stuhlbarg) was on stage. The Pillowman received a Tony nomination for Best Play in 2005. Going from working with a darkly comedic writer like McDonagh (In Bruges; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) to the Coen Brothers, Stuhlbarg's next part left a major impression on viewers. His role of the neurotic physics Professor, Larry Gopnik, masterfully portrayed a man torn between his boring life and the desire for something more. Stuhlbarg received a [...]

2810, 2017

Michael Shannon: The Trailblazer of his Generation

By | October 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Two-Oscar nominations, a Tony win, 60 movies, 40 plays, and 5 seasons of a critically acclaimed TV series — Michael Shannon is the definition of a trailblazer. Because of this, we are pleased to announce Michael Shannon will receive the Raymond Vineyards Trailblazer Tribute at our Celebrity Tributes Program on Thursday, November 9. Known for being an intensely committed actor, Shannon has given indelible performance after indelible performance. Shannon first received widespread attention in Curtis Hanson’s 8 Mile, in which he played the alcoholic and deadbeat boyfriend of B-Rabbit’s (Eminem) mom (Kim Basinger). In a fun but unexpected career choice, his next role of note was as gangster Frank Lombardo in the kid friendly, wacky Kangaroo Jack. From here, Shannon took on his first collaboration with Jeff Nichols on Shotgun Stories — who has remained a consistent directorial partner for Shannon — as well as starring in William Friedkin’s Bug, Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center and Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road. Revolutionary Road happened to be Shannon’s first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor . With the aforementioned list of directors all speaking highly of Shannon and his talent, he was able to get even more high profile auteur-directed [...]

2710, 2017

40 Years in the Making — The Magic Music Movie

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

For many, there’s always an artist that we find at the perfect moments in our lives. We listen to their music, and it just connects with us perfectly. Emotionally, and spiritually even, the music has captured something beautiful and perfect about life. We absolutely know this band is going to “make it big.” There’s no way they couldn’t, right? Not always. Sometimes the bands we love the most, the ones we think are the most talented never quite make the big stage. But why? Well, former writer and producer of Two and a Half Men and Big Bang Theory, Lee Aronsohn, explores this very dynamic in his new documentary 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie. The film documents Lee’s journey to find a band he had enjoyed in college, the Magic Music band, in the hopes of getting their story told and the band reunited. Starting with his early days in the 60s at University of Colorado, Boulder, Lee stumbled on the band playing in an open field on campus. Everyone around him, and eventually himself, was enraptured with the music coming from the six band members. “What drew me to the band was both [...]

2710, 2017

Lexus Donates 1,000 Tickets to Victims of the Valley Fires

By | October 27th, 2017|Categories: Festival|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

This year, NVFF’s Presenting Sponsor Lexus will be generously donating 1,000 free tickets to those impacted by the Valley fires. These tickets can be picked up at the Community Resources Office at the Local Assistance Center (LAC) in downtown Napa. Each ticket is valid for 1 of the 10 film screenings below. Please note, reselling of tickets is prohibited. LINCOLN THEATER ACORN and the Firestorm When: Wednesday, November 8th, 2:00pm. Synopsis: ACORN, America’s largest grassroots community organizing group, became a major player in the 2008 presidential election that resulted in Barack Obama’s historic victory. Big businesses, Republicans, and right-wing activists took issue with the group, firing accusations of voter fraud and government waste at the left-leaning organization. The conservative opposition found unexpected allies in a pair of amateur journalists who posed as a pimp and prostitute hoping to expose ACORN via hidden-camera. The ensuing political drama spawned the now omnipresent Breitbart Media, and served as a prescient foreshadowing of today’s political climate. In an age where fake news and truthiness obscure reality, ACORN and the Firestorm tells a moving story about what lies beneath a divided America. Michelin Stars: Tales from the Kitchen When: Thursday, November 9th, [...]

2610, 2017

Experience NVFF17 at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

This summer, the Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) proudly revealed its nine unique screening venues playing host to 124 films and Q&As featured at the festival.  Today, we’d like to shine a spotlight on our most intimate screening location – The Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.  Nestled north of Napa in beautiful St. Helena, Farmstead is the culmination point of all of the produce, beef, lamb, and wine produced in the expansive Long Meadow Ranch area.    The ranch follows a creed of sustainable farming that relies on green energy to fuel its vineyards, olive groves, organic produce, grassfed highland beef, and honey. Farmstead proudly showcases these world-class products in its restaurant, which creates seasonal menus celebrating local cuisine, and you can experience all of this at this year’s festival. To complement the food and wine, NVFF curated a stellar and inspirational film line up for those lucky enough to grab a plush seat in the 80-seat theater. Read more below to see the breakdown of all of the experiences taking place at Farmstead for this year’s festival. WINE AND ARTISAN PAVILIONS The Farmstead Summer Music Series has held the standard for great live music in the [...]

NVFF18 • NOV 7 - 11

NVFF18 • NOV 7 – 11